Chapter 39 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “Did not our heart burn within us?” (Luke 24.32).
Jesus had been crucified and buried in a borrowed tomb along with the disciples hope for the future. In Luke 24 two of them are returning home to the village of Emmaus.
Then suddenly the resurrected “Jesus Himself drew near and went with them,” but they “did not know Him” (vv. 15– 16). After this incredible encounter, “their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight” (v. 31). And their response? “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” (v. 32).
We pride ourselves today on our brilliant minds: many know the nuances of theological truths. We pride ourselves on our benevolent hands: commendable social actions abound. But what we really need are burning hearts that only come when we listen to Him on the road.
Hawkins asks the question, “How can we acquire this heavenly heart burn?” He explains that their hearts did not burn when they were walking along and talking to each other. Neither did it happen when they talked to Him. Their hearts did not burn until they began to listen to Him as He opened the Scriptures to them.
These two disciples’ cold hearts were set on fire when Jesus talked with them and revealed the meaning of the Scriptures to them. The Bible is a sealed book until Jesus’ Spirit opens it to us. Those who do not know God can gain head knowledge about Him from the Bible, but they can never gain spiritual knowledge. And there is a difference. As they journeyed together Jesus “expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24: 27). The word expound suggests translating something out of a foreign language, …
From the Pentateuch to the Prophets, Jesus preached Jesus that evening on Emmaus Road. From Moses to Malachi He spoke of how the entire Jewish Bible speaks of Him. As He taught, a shadow of the cross fell across the Old Testament. Jesus was that Ram at Abraham’s altar (Genesis 22: 12– 14). He was that spotless Passover Lamb whose blood was spilled to bring deliverance from death and freedom from slavery (Exodus 12: 22– 24). He was that scarlet thread hung out of Rahab’s window (Joshua 2: 17– 21). And the shepherd of whom David spoke about in the Psalms? Jesus was that Shepherd too. As the disciples walked and listened, they understood that Jesus was Isaiah’s Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53) as well as the fourth man in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego (Daniel 3: 19– 25). No wonder their hearts “burned” within them while He talked with them and revealed the Scriptures to them on that road.
We should talk to Jesus in prayer. We should talk to each other about Him. But if we want our hearts to be set on fire, we must acquire the habit of spending time walking with Him in His Word and listening as He speak to us from the Scriptures.
Next week’s question: “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3.4).
Last week’s question: Where are the nine? (Luke 17.17). Read it here.
I have been pulling a few thoughts out of each chapter, but I cannot cover all the nuggets Hawkins shares in this little gem of a book. I hope these excerpts whet your appetite to purchase the book for yourself. Just click on one of the links below.
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